Last Friday night I attended my 30th high school reunion. I, like many of you, did not have the happiest of high school experiences. I was teased for the way I looked, my personality and the way I dressed. I never went to a homecoming dance or prom, and I can count the number of football games I attended on one hand.
Many of my friends asked me “why bother going?”. Well, I went because the way you are treated in your formative years can affect your entire life. My life was deeply affected by my high school experience. Never in my life either before high school, or after high school, was I treated so cruely by my peers.
Well, enter the University of Colorado, where I started as a freshman at 18 and never left! The University of Colorado helped me grow, shaped my personality, and gave me the self-confidence necessary to help me become the woman I am today. Without the University of Colorado I would be a very different person. I have two degrees from the University, I’ve had three different jobs with the University, and I met many of my good friends from the University. I love CU and I love Boulder and I’m so grateful everyday, for my parents forcing me to enroll in the University.
The two weeks leading up to the reunion I worked out every day, I dieted, and I looked fabulous! I got my hair, nails and make-up done. I fit into my size 2 black dress, and really looked so great last Friday it was hard to believe I was actually old enough to attend my reunion. That feeling was reinforced by the many people, asking me what I was going to do during the weekend, and were shocked that I was even old enough to have a 30 year high school reunion.
Of course it took me two glasses of wine to even walk into the door as I went alone. One of my friends who I went to high school with would not go with me, which was shocking to me since she was popular and a cheerleader. Maybe the popular kids had it tough too? Although I can’t feel sorry for them. At any rate, the first person I saw was someone so horrible to me in high school, I was very nervous to see her. I gave her a big hug and the rest of the evening went so well that I stayed until 11:30 p.m.! I spoke with everyone, and most were really nice to me. It was a wonderful evening and for once, I was the most popular! It could not have gone better. Did I look the best of anyone there, well, probably not, but I did probably have the most fun.
In the end I decided I would probably not go to any more reunions, as this is the only one I’ve ever attended. I was able to put closure to a very painful time in my life. I learned to be grateful for the University of Colorado, because, after all, I will always be a CU Buffalo, I think my Overland Trailblazer days are over.